A GREAT CONTRADICTION
Pope Benedict called for, beginning with Oct. 11th, a year (it seems) of celebration of Vatican II which began Oct. 11th, 1962. A YEAR OF FAITH, this year is called.
The many changes brought upon a very Traditional and Unchanging Church, via Vatican II, places upon Traditional Catholics a burden and dilemma of very high degree - making CELEBRATION - A GREAT CONTRADICTION. The massive and excellent work named - The Old Catholic Encyclopedia - of the turn of the century (19th to 20th), states quite significantly that the FACT that the Catholic Church is an UNCHANGING CHURCH gives testimony that this Church is the One True Church of Divine Institution founded by Jesus Christ.
AUTHORITY OF SAINT PAUL AND SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS
Since the writings of Saint Paul are Divine Revelation, setting the proper and most profitable to the Church role of women at Mass, then the new role of women and girls (and lay people in general) at Mass, must be a very worldly invasion of the Church. And accepting the GREAT AUTHORITY of the writings of St. Thomas Aquinas, given to him by the Church herself (via past councils and the many pontiffs), makes the Vatican II casting aside of his wisdom and authority, an impossible obstacle to acceptance of the Council in any way except strict validity - since validly convoked and executed.
TRADITIONAL CHURCH DENIGRATED
The many changes upon the Church by Vatican II has forced a denigration of the Traditional Church. [The denigration of the Vatican II Church has been self induced, by the defects which Vatican II caused to be placed into the Church. Pope Paul VI spoke of this denigration as the SMOKE OF SATAN entering the Church, and SELF-DEMOLITION of the Church.] And so the honor, respect and effective authority of the Church, especially as recognized by the world or unbelievers, has significantly decreased . We might say that the LIGHT OF THE WORLD, has suffered an ECLIPSE.
As a general rule, change represents a movement from imperfection toward perfection. It is meant to improve. And when significant and many changes are quite suddenly put in place, it naturally is taken to indicate a previously quite defective situation. And this is especially the natural conclusion of those who apply superficial examination to Vatican II and to the Church as affected by it. It seems that 98% of all who in any way know what the term VATICAN II means, have this degree of knowledge.And thus the term Vatican II - and its bringing about the 'NEW AND IMPROVED' Church, is naturally coupled with the idea or opinion of a PREVIOUSLY DEFECTIVE CHURCH = DENIGRATION OF THE TRADITIONAL CHURCH.
Vatican II has made it much easier for Satan and teachers of untruth and lies (whether intentionally and knowingly or not), to tell lies about the Catholic Church regarding her Divine Institution and Apostolic Tradition.
And so just as Protestants, influenced by Martin Luther, conclude that the Church was greatly defective at the time, needing the Protestant return to tradition, so does Vatican II influence similar thinking regarding the Traditional Church.
AND YET THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS EITHER TRADITIONAL OR IN ERROR AND DEFECTIVE MODE
Anyway, this writer holds the position that Vatican II does great harm to the Church. By itself alone, the change in focus to action over contemplation , fulfills this negative effect - 10,000 religious abandoning their vocations and returning to the WORLD, immediately after Vatican II , is no small price to pay. Anyone wishing to look more deeply into the arguments and evidence regarding this claim against Vatican II, please scroll down to the article 'Defense of Vatican II is Impossible', and also go to the website VATICANIIDEBATE.COM.
*** Also read the article in Catholic Family News Celebrating a Catastrophe